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Abandoned & stolen vehicles

After recovery by a law enforcement agency, all interested parties (legal owner, lienholder, or selling dealership) of an abandoned, possible theft or stolen vehicle will be notified where their vehicle is being stored and will be instructed to obtain a Letter of Release from a DMV Office in order for the vehicle to be released from impound.

The vehicle owner, or an authorized agent, should follow the applicable procedures regarding proof of ownership, proper registration, etc.; however no impound or fee should be charged. If the registration has expired, registration fees must be paid and a 15-day temporary permit will be needed to complete the required safety and emission inspections.

Note: Before a stolen vehicle is released, the owner, or an authorized agent, must present legal picture ID, along with ownership papers. If the vehicle has changed ownership, all title registration requirements must be met.